A second ‘Lunch with the Legends’ in the works

There’s hope for all of you who didn’t get your tickets in time for the Boca Grande Historical Society “Lunch With the Legends” performance, to be held on November 3 at 11:45 a.m. at The Gasparilla Inn & Club. A second show time is in the works, to be held at 3:45 p.m. on the […]

Ghosts and legends of Boca Grande: Part II

By Marcy Shortuse  – This week the tales of a little girl who loved to play, another girl who loves to play tricks and a third girl distraught with grief over a lost love. Welcome to Part II of “Ghosts and Legends of Boca Grande,” a slightly darker side of the island that we call home. See […]

Forum to discuss FPL land purchase set for November

By Marcy Shortuse A community hearing date has been set to discuss a matter very vital to the Boca Grande community: The purchase of the FPL land at the southern tip of the island, possibly for $20 million. In an inquiry to FPL’s representatives on Thursday it was determined that the land is under contract, […]

Noy’s (Patrick’s) opening date change

■ STAFF REPORT Remember last week when we said that Patrick Vollmer’s new “Asian fusion” restaurant called Noy’s Bistro and Lounge on Gasparilla Road at San Domingo Blvd. would open October 13? Well, let’s try for October 20-ish this time. After ironing out a few issues, Patrick said you should have your sushi very soon.

Ghosts and legends of Boca Grande: Part I

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE – It isn’t hard to surmise that a place as old as Gasparilla Island has a few tales to tell – and not all of them are paradise-perfect. While we are now known as an elite island getaway location, just a few decades ago there was a more diverse population. From times […]

‘He will get by St. Peter without shoes’ … rest in peace, Capt. Buster

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE Capt. Lewis “Buster” Herzog, a true Boca Grande character of the greatest magnitude, has left this earth to fish another realm. If you knew him you only have to close your eyes to picture him – skinny, salty, sassy and barefoot – fishing the bottom for grouper up in heaven while […]

Lee County denies 24 vendors at Farmers Market

■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Today, October 2, the sights and sounds of the Boca Grande Farmers Market will return to the Wheeler Road Ballfield from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and it will be a welcome sight for most island residents who have been waiting for a little excitement. However, when you visit the market […]

Carolann George memorial service set

A visitation for Carolann Marie George (Buquet) has been set for the date of Friday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Boca Grande.

Southwest Florida scientists tracking changes in red tide

To the Editor: Mote Marine Laboratory scientists in Southwest Florida and others along Florida’s Gulf Coast are closely monitoring counts of red tide algae, after noting low-level increases of these algae cells in multiple seawater samples during the past two weeks. K. brevis, the single-celled, harmful algae that causes Florida red tide, occurs naturally in […]